Porn and Your Husband

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Did you catch your husband watching porn? Learn the answers to common questions, tips to productive conversations, steps to setting boundaries, and how to determine the next steps for your marriage.

19 thoughts on ““My Husband Watches Porn”: 3 Stages to Your Recovery

  1. I wonder the percentage of women that end the marriage because of the husband’s porn use.

    It can be really difficult for men to quit porn as the majority began their complication with porn in their teen years. Often by the time of adulthood men have resigned and given up on the possibility of quitting porn.

    Hopefully men will begin to find help!

  2. I am currently in process of divorcing my husband due to his excessive porn watching. Even on our 2nd wedding anniversary night he was watching porn behind me. So, it was about my respect and pride that I decided to walk away from that marriage.

  3. Its not the men who need to change their porn habits, its women who need to come to terms with their own issues, their insecurities, and inhibitions.

    On average men have higher sex drives than women, so we need it more, its not fair to ask the woman to give more than she desires and its not fair to ask the man to reduce his needs.

    This is where porn fills the gap, and if used in this manner its harmless. Certainly better than having the guy go out looking for other women.

    Yes it can become a problem if it interferes with the rest of your life, but for most men that’s not an issue.

    I was honest with my wife about my porn watching before we got married, even showed her some, she’s okay with it. Given the choice, I’d gladly rather have sex with her, but she’s not always available or interested, so porn is a way for me to satisfy my needs without harming our relationship.

    • I think you’ve got some poor advice here. Porn is far from harmless. First, by using (clicking on or purchasing) porn, you are endorsing an industry that is harmful to the image of women broadly and harmful to porn actresses specifically.

      Second, the fact remains that pornography isn’t doing your image of women any favors. It only reinforces a man’s desire to objectify women.

    • well what if the wife of the husband prefers porn. wife neglected while porn takes over. the marriage is broken. it is a myth that men desire sex and intimacy more than women. there r so many wives that have high libidos

    • The same stages to recovery hold true if it’s a husband who has discovered his wife’s porn use. We most frequently address wives of porn-using husbands because it tends to be the most common scenario.

    • What happened to your bow of keeping yourself into her? You are lusting and orgasming to another woman, lots of them. Disgusting. Do you have kids? If you do and porn is not a big deal, go tell your kids what you do, shouldn’t be a problem, right?

  4. @Luke

    You are mistaking correlation for causation

    People who objectify women are going to do so without porn being a factor.

    Saying that porn leads to objectifying women is like saying video games lead to violence, neither is true.

    Most people can differentiate between reality and fiction.

    As for harmful to porn actresses, I doubt that, many porn actresses make six figures a year and some make millions.

    Legal porn does not involve women being exploited, they do a job and get paid for it, you may consider it an unsavory profession, but they may not.

  5. Ah, but how long does it last, if it lasts only a few minutes then its not really a big deal.

    Heck watching a scary movie can make someone’s heart race and certain chemicals be released, but the effects are temporary.

    There would need to be evidence that porn makes men objectify women over the long term and not just briefly after exposure

    • I’m sorry: since you mentioned “porn habits,” I thought we were talking about habitual porn use, not momentary exposures. No, there’s no evidence that momentary exposures, in that instance, cause objectification. They can and do cause as desire to see more porn, which of course can be habit forming.

      So are you not talking about a man’s porn habits? I’m confused. That’s where you started this whole discussion.

  6. I’m merely saying that if you state that watching porn causes men to objectify women (which personally I can say is untrue), you need to establish that watching it actually results in long term changes in how men view women.

    • I’m not sure about all the nuances behind the word “objectification,” but I think the research bears this out.

      In a meta-analysis of 46 studies published from 1962 to 1995, comprising a total sample of 12,323 people, researchers concluded pornographic material puts one at increased risk of accepting rape myths (31% increase in risk). In another meta-analysis of 24 studies conducted between 1980 and 1993, with a total of 4,268 participants, researchers positively correlated rape myth acceptance to exposure to nonviolence or violent pornography. Rap myth acceptance most definitely has something to do with one’s view of women.

      Another example: in the early 1980s, two university professors tested to see if the exposure to video pornography had any impact on people’s sexual beliefs and their attitudes towards women. For their experiment, 80 male and 80 female college-age participants were divided into three subgroups, and each group was shown 4 hours and 48 minutes of media. The first group, called the “Massive Exposure Group,” was shown 36 non-violent pornographic films over a six-week period. The second group, called the “Intermediate Exposure Group,” was exposed to 18 pornographic films and 18 regular films over a six-week period. The third (control) group, called the “No Exposure Group,” was shown 36 non-pornographic movies over a six-week period. Later, these groups were asked a variety of questions ranging from their personal preferences to social issues.

      A direct correlation was noticed between the amount of pornography one viewed and one’s overall sexual satisfaction. Participants from the Massive Exposure Group reported less satisfaction with their intimate partner, such as their partner’s physical appearance, affection, and sexual performance.

      Those exposed to more pornography attached more value to casual sex (i.e. sex without emotional involvement).

      When asked if minors should be protecting from seeing pornography, 84% of the No Exposure Group, 54% of the Intermediate Exposure Group, and 37% of the Massive Exposure Group said yes.

      Those exposed to more pornography showed a greater acceptance of premarital sex and adultery.

      More porn exposure decreased the value one placed on the institution of marriage, one’s desire for children, and the need for faithfulness in a relationship.

      Porn seemed to condition participants to trivialize rape. Participants were asked to read about a legal case where a man raped a female hitchhiker and then recommend a length for the rapist’s prison sentence. Males in the No Exposure Group said 94 months; the Massive Exposure Group said 50 months (nearly half that of the No Exposure Group).

      Participants were asked to rate their overall support for women’s rights. Both men and women who were in the Massive Exposure Group showed significant drops in support compared to the No Exposure Group. There was 71% male support in the No Exposure Group compared to 25% in the Massive Exposure Group and 82% female support in the No Exposure Group compared to 52% in the Massive Exposure Group.

      The Massive Exposure Group was far more likely to believe women fit the stereotype of the women they see in pornographic films — that is, “socially non-discriminating, as hysterically euphoric in response to just about any sexual or pseudosexual stimulation, and as eager to accommodate seemingly any and every sexual request.”

  7. I just found out my husband has been watching porn, told me loved me right after over the phone while I was visiting my mother and then when I got home proceeded to try to have sex with me! That to me is disrespectful and disgusting! He knew my feelings about porn and still proceeded to watch, that to me is wrong, and I honestly don’t know how I can get past the feeling of being disrespected and hurt.

    • I can’t give you a hug over the Internet, but I can give you a starting point and some hope.

      First, understand that your husband probably does love you. Men tend to be better at compartmentalization than women; he may believe that the part of him that loves you and the part of him that likes porn don’t need to intersect. (This blog post goes into more detail.) This doesn’t excuse his behavior, of course, but it’s something to remember as you both work to recovery.

      Next, download “Porn and Your Husband” if you haven’t already. It will help you determine your next steps.

      Finally, download “Hope After Porn” for four stories of marriages that were saved in spite of porn use…and even adultery.

      There is hope. It will take time, and it will hurt, but there is hope.

  8. I too am devastated. Just learnt two months ago that my husband is an avid porn watcher. A man who is so gentle, I thought he should’ve been a pastor or doctor! I CANNOT BELIEVE IT!
    It’s been the worst 2 months of my life apart from when my dad died years ago. The deceit!
    I’m more about the fact that he masqueraded as this meek and mild ‘innocent’ and ‘awkward’ guy who would always speak out when there were vivid sexual acts on tv, to this devious sexual person!
    I get the fact that men need more sexual release than women, blah blah blah.. No issue at all. But THIS!
    The acting that has gone on for years, pretending to be something he isn’t. The loss of the man I THOUGHT he was! DEVASTATING!
    And men do not get it. They do not understand that we feel betrayed when they have sexual pleasure from other women’s bodies.

    Porn is such an umbrella word! Porn is looking at and jacking off to other peoples bodies! It’s betrayal.

    • You are correct, Kate. “Porn” can be such a tame word in our culture. What your husband is doing is betrayal of your wedding vows “to forsake all others.” He needs to own up to his betrayal, the hypocrisy, and the deceit.

      Have you been able to talk to others face to face about this problem? The important thing right now is that you get support for what you are facing. No one should face what you are facing alone.

      Your husband needs to face his own habits as well. As morally deplorable as it is, he needs to recognize that there are often deeper things going on that drive compulsion to view pornography. There’s a reason many therapists today call it an “addiction”: obviously not to excuse the behavior (no more than an alcoholic is excused), but to help men like your husband understand the gravity of the problem.

      Does your husband sound like he wants to change? Does he show any remorse? Has he made any changes?

  9. I have had a similar experience to Kate. I have been with my husband for 18 years and married for 12.

    We have been having problems for about 5 years now with my husband struggling to achieve an erection. He finally went to the doctors last February and was prescribed viagra. We have a very loving relationship otherwise so I couldnt understand where it had all gone wrong. The doctor said it was probably performance anxiety that was causing the problems (we are only in our forties and no health complications). The experimentation with the viagra didnt go too well at all as it took away the spontiaity and made it all feel a bit wierd. My husband said that he didnt think he had any sex drive at all.

    Over the next few months we just tried to take the pressure off and just feel relaxed with each other. In September last year we booked a holiday cottage and the viagra came along with us.

    On the first night we had a lovely night out together then went back to the cottage and started watching tv. My husband went to the kitchen to make a cuppa and I followed him where I caught him watching tiny little thumbnail porn scenes on his mobile. He said he had been doing this since April to try to rekindle his sex drive, that it hadnt worked but had become a habit.

    We have tried to work at it since he has removed the internet from his phone and our sex life has actually improved. I believe that he loves me very much and I feel the same, but I has lost my trust I dont totally belive his explanation and now I feel betrayed and that he has invited other people into our marital bed.

    I want to get over this but dont know if I can.

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